Extension Division

Marie Ferguson, mezzo-soprano, is a MM student in vocal performance at Mason Gross School of the Arts in the studio of Susan Quittmeyer. Ms. Ferguson holds a BA in music and Women’s & Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Recently with Opera Theater Rutgers, she performed in Albert Herring (Cis), Il Tabarro (Pierrot, Lover), Gianni Schicchi (Buoso Donati), Le Nozze di Figaro (chorus), as well as the roles of Annio in La Clemenza di Tito and Carrie in Sister Carrie for scenes programs.

Cello Faculty

Sarah Bish made her solo debut in 2008, performing with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic after winning first prize in the Virtuoso-in-Progress Concerto Competition. She earned her master’s in music in cello performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; bachelor of music in cello performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM.

Her principal teachers include Jonathan Spitz, Astrid Schween, Merry Peckham, and Madeleine Golz, with additional instruction from Steven Doane, Timothy Eddy, and Alisa Weilerstein.

Cello Faculty

Eunok Kim, a South Korean native, is a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in classical piano performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She received her master’s of music from the Manhattan School of Music with Dean’s List honors, and earned a full scholarship to study for her Bachelor of Music degree from Keimyung University in South Korea, and graduated as valedictorian.

Percussion

Brant Roberts is a percussionist and music educator based in Highland Park. He recently obtained his master's of music in percussion performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the Bravura Philharmonic, where he serves as principal percussionist/timpanist, and accompanies modern dance at Rutgers University and the Martha Graham School, New York.

Grace Heeeun Lim began her classical music training at the age of four. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degree in performance from Manhattan School of Music (MSM) where she was under the tutelage of Daniel Avshalomov and Isaac Malkin. While attending MSM, she was a recipient of Dean's List and scholarship. Ms. Lim is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at Rutgers University.
 
Musicologist and conductor Brian V. Sengdala is an inter-disciplinarian whose research interests and public work include modern practices in musicking, music and identity, and music as a sacred text. His paper on Ma and Liminality in Arvo Pärt was presented at the Sounding the Sacred Conference hosted by the Arvo Pärt Project and the Sacred Arts Initiative at Fordham University in May of 2017. He is also a contributor to several publications on choral music and choral pedagogy.